There are many hidden things about shields:
- Shields regenerate 20% of their max health every second.
- However, if they absorb a hit, shield health regeneration is interrupted for 2 seconds.
- Shields cannot be raised if shield health is not positive, so regeneration block duration, rather than cooldown duration, determines how long a shield stays unusable when broken.
- When a shield is raised, it gains perfect block for the first 0.2 seconds, indicated by the shield turning white.
- If an attack hits the shield while perfect block is active, the attack is absorbed without damaging the shield, and the remaining duration of perfect block is refreshed to 0.2 seconds.
- Perfect block can be active for at most 1 second - beyond this time, the shield will take damage from attacks.
- Perfect block max duration regenerates at 50% of max duration per second - that is, you must lower your shield for at least 2 seconds in order to be able to perfect-block for 1 second again.
- When a shield is raised, it stays up for a minimum time of 0.2 seconds before it can be lowered.
- Raised shields generally have a knockback power of 10 (weak knockback) which is inflicted on enemies that touch them.
Procedurally Generated Shields
Many found shields are randomly generated with names constructed via a selection of prefixes and suffixes. They have a range of appearance based on the shield type. They can be found as either small or large shields, which are either wooden or metal.
- Large shields, with a tier 1 base health of 35, can block more damage at a time before breaking, but possess a cooldown of 0.7 seconds that triggers when the shield is lowered.
- Small shields only have a cooldown of 0.5 seconds on lowering; however, they have a tier 1 base health of 25.
Shields gain an additional 10% of their tier 1 health for each tier above tier 1.
- At tiers 1/2/3/4/5/6, large shields have 35/39/42/46/49/53 health.
- At tiers 1/2/3/4/5/6, small shields have 25/28/30/33/35/38 health.
Currently all procedural shields are of common rarity.
Premade shields have a set amount of base health and a fixed appearance, though unlike most unique items, their level is (generally) variable rather than fixed - a version of the shield found on a high-Tier Planet will have more health than a different version of the shield found on a low-tier planet.
They can be found in specific locations and, apart from the Basic Shield, do not share an appearance with procedurally generated shields.